Recent Meetings...

Meetings usually take place the 1st and 2nd Thursday of the month. Members should abide by the BLUG code of conduct.
I'll be providing an introduction to setting up and running a simple Linux-based server for some popular 3D action games like Quake, Unreal Tournament, or Half-Life.
Install Fest! Bring your box and have the linux gurus of blug help you install and configure your favorite flavor of linux. There will be lots of disto's to choose from. These events are a lot of fun so don't miss it.
Virtual Private Networks provide authenticated and encrypted connections between machines over the Internet.   Many good open source VPN systems are available.
Come one come all to the blug annual Christmas potluck. It's this Sat Dec 13th 5pm til 10pm at Fairhaven Park pavilion in Bellingham.
My company (http://www.candelatech.com) is just finishing up a VoIP call generator based on the VOCAL (http://www.vovida.org) SIP soft-switch.
Jed Reynolds will explain how to get started with GNU-PG or GNU Privacy Guard. GnuPG is a complete and free replacement for PGP. Because it does not use the patented IDEA algorithm, it can be used without any restrictions.
Al Castle will present an overview of LDAP; what it is and how you can use it for Linux/Windows(samba) authentication and cross platform contact managment
This meeting will be a regular Linux news/events, Question and Answer, as well as an LFNW 04 planning meeting. We'll talk about LinuxFest 04 and discuss strategies for volunteers and staff.
Leland will be showing his video tape of Security Guru Brian Hatch's LFNW 2004 lecture.
What you need to capture audio from vinyl, clean it up and process it to a finished recording using Linux tools.
Many BLUGers have received the Linux Technical Resource Kit from Novell.   The kit has 3 DVD's worth of software from Novell and Suse.   One part of this software is Novell Nterprise Linux Services (NNLS).
Matthew Weaver will present an introduction and overview of Ubuntu, a new Debian-based Linux distribution.
John B will demo his flight simulator and I will bring my linux box and demo the linux version of Doom 3. Also, I think Michael Dodd will be doing a presentation on setting up a linux game server.
Saturday December 11th is the annual family potluck picnic sponsored by blug.org and friends. It's from 5pm till 10pm at the Fairhaven Park Pavilion in Bellingham.
How to use little known, but top performing, lossless data compression utilities to increase backup and bandwidth capacities by up to 400%.

While Linux's best known data compressors may be "gzip" and "bzip2", my research has found that

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